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What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it.
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the ability to control items around the house—from window shades to pet feeders—with a simple push of a button (or a voice command).
A smart home is understood as a unified control system that ensures safety, comfort and energy saving, with minimal human involvement. Progress does not stand still, and the same primitive motion sensors that were recently used only in security systems are already in all entrances, helping to save energy and not look for a switch. Ideally, the system should be able to recognize specific situations and respond appropriately to them. A leak has occurred - it is necessary to shut off the water supply. Unauthorized entry into the house - turning on the alarm and calling the police. Gas leak - shut off the gas valve, etc. And all this without human intervention.
A smart system is the overarching command center that controls your individual products - think Alexa or Google Assistant. Essentially, a smart system is what you speak to when you want something to happen. A device, on the other hand, is an individual product that reports back to that system - think, Amazon Echo or Philips Hue lightbulbs.
As you're researching integrations, you should also consider any smart devices you already have that might be compatible or incompatible with the system. Today, most good smart home systems are powered by state-of-the art technology and offer a long list of third-party integration possibilities. For example, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant connect to smart thermostats like Nest or Ecobee - not just thermostats made by their own companies.
If your devices all connect well together, work well, and are easy to use, your smart home experiences will run much more smoothly.
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